Burkina Faso – Gold developer West African Resources has extended its Mankarga 5 trend at its Tanlouka Permit in Burkina Faso by 1.5 km with up to 0.63g/t of gold from auger drilling along strike.
“Auger drilling along strike from the proposed open pit has delivered strong results with a peak of 0.63g/t of gold. The gold anomaly over this previously untested zone is similar in grade and tenor to auger results over the existing Mankarga 5 resource area.
“Reverse circulation drilling has commenced over the extension of Mankarga 5 (M5), and results will be reported as they are received by the company,” says West African Resources MD Richard Hyde.
Auger drilling along strike to the northeast of the M5 deposit has delivered strong results demonstrating the continuation of mineralisation along strike of the proposed oxide starter pit that the company intends to treat by conventional heap leach processing.
Importantly the results from the recent WAF auger shows that the geochemical signature over known mineralisation is subtle and discreet with only seven samples greater than 160 parts per billion (ppb) gold within the proposed starter pit outline.
Results along strike of the M5 resource demonstrate that there is significant potential to add more oxide tonnes to the heap leach starter project and extend the current prefeasibility study mine life of seven years.
In total, 245 auger holes, with an average depth of 5.3m, were drilled along strike of the M5 resource area on lines oriented northeast – southwest, on a 200 m x 50 m grid.
Sampling returned a peak result of 635 ppb of gold (0.64g/t of gold) with other high tenor results of 228 ppb gold, 224 ppb gold and 218 ppb gold.
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